Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cocktail Wednesdays: The French 75

French 75

On Wednesday, I went with a classic drink containing champagne, the French 75, named for a French field cannon.   There are several recipes I have seen for this drink, which was invented during Prohibition.  Some are gin based and some are cognac based.  Apparently, there is some considerable debate about which is the more authentic recipe.  I went with gin, which I thought would be a more interesting contrast to the previous night's drink, and which turns out to be how it appeared in The Savoy Cocktail book.

French 75

1 ½ oz Gin
½ oz Lemon Juice
1 tsp Powdered Sugar

Shake gin, lemon juice and sugar over ice and strain into a champagne flute half filled with ice.  Top off with chilled champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

The verdict: This drink really shows where Scott and my tastes differ.  I thought it was a nice summery drink with juniper and lemon, like a Tom Collins with the additional flavor of champagne.  Scott, on the other hand, thought it tasted like Lemon Pledge.  Not so piney as Pine-Sol, but he definitely felt that it was a bit like a cleaning product.

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